How To Maintain Porcelain Veneers

 

Porcelain VeneersAlmost every object created by human beings comes with instructions. Most things we humans make are NOT indestructible, and the better one cares for something, in general, the longer it lasts.

Porcelain veneers, used to correct a number of minor dental flaws or challenges, have a few rules governing their proper care and maintenance. Here are the basic actions you’ll need to take in order to make sure your porcelain veneers last as long as possible.

Porcelain veneers: The “Do’s”

  • DO brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene is paramount in keeping the natural teeth underneath your porcelain veneers healthy.
  • DO use gentle dental tools to clean your teeth. That means choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush and using non-abrasive toothpaste, in order to avoid marring the surface of your veneers.
  • DO visit your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist can help you preserve your porcelain veneers by helping you keep tooth decay and periodontal disease in check, and he or she can monitor the structural health of your veneers by looking for cracks or other damage.

Porcelain veneers: The “Don’ts”

  • DON’T allow gum disease to take hold in your mouth. Poor oral hygiene and neglecting to visit your dentist for prophylactic cleanings can lead to gum disease and gum recession. Recession of the gums can expose the margin where the veneers have been attached to the teeth.
  • DON’T consume (or consume carefully) foods or drinks that stain your natural teeth. While veneers are resistant to staining, the adhesive used to attach them does not, and about 20 percent of patients with porcelain veneers get marginal discoloration, which causes unattractive stains to appear at the point where your teeth meet your gums.
  • DON’T grind your teeth. Bruxism (teeth grinding) destroys veneers. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, get a mouth guard to protect your natural teeth and your porcelain veneers.
  • DON’T use your teeth as tools! Porcelain veneers are not as durable as natural tooth enamel to pressure and force. Don’t chew on pencils, your fingernails, or ice, don’t open things with your teeth, and be careful when you eat hard/crunchy foods such as raw carrots and hard apples, or when chewing chicken, lamb or veal chops near the bone.

“Porcelain veneers are sturdy, dependable dental restorations – if you follow a few simple rules regarding their care,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in the central Phoenix area.

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